I visited Martin Luther King’s Childhood Home

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, I wanted to share a few pictures that I took when I visited his childhood home and the MLK Center for Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta.  What a memorable trip. This is a picture of my sister and me sitting on the front porch of the home Dr. King grow up in. I will always treasure this picture and the feelings that I had when I stepped upon that porch.  Witnessing history was truly an emotional experience, especially since the Civil Rights movement impacted me and my family significantly. Sharing it with my sister put the icing on the cake. We always have a good time together.    

The home has been beautifully maintained and has lots of character.  It is actually quite large, four bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, study, parlor/living room, a bathroom and a huge backyard. I love the wrap around porch.  

Martin Luther King wagon

This is the farm wagon that carried Dr. King’s coffin from his Ebenezer Baptist Church to Morehouse College, his alma mater, for the second service.  The wagon was pulled by 2 mules through Atlanta for 3.5 miles.  If everyone remembers, Mrs. King walked with her children ahead of the wagon in the funeral procession.    

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This is Dr. King’s final resting place at the King Center in Atlanta.  His wife Coretta Scott King was laid to rest beside him.    

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Across from the Kings’ Crypt is the eternal flame.  There is also the Civil Right Walk of Fame. Below are a few prints from the walk which include Dr. Maya Angelo, Sidney Poitier, Magic Johnson, and Maynard Jackson.  Maynard Jackson was the first black mayor in Atlanta.  My brother, Dr. Robert Holmes, wrote Maynard Jackson’s biography. It can be purchased on Amazon.     
  
I hope that we all remember and honor what Dr. King dedicated his life doing.  Be kind to and love one another. Have a blessed week-end. 

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  1. What amazing pictures. That must have been such a special trip. I hate that our country ever had to go through anything like this but I am glad that I was there to witness the change. I know things are far from perfect yet but they are getting better thanks to Dr. King and people like him. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Kc.  It does my heart good to see how far we've come.  We still have a long way to go, but I think Dr. King would be proud of his legacy.  Thanks for stopping by. 

  2. I enjoyed seeing these glimpses of Dr. King's personal life and the close-ups from his memorial. A fitting tribute to a truly honorable man whose legacy is evolving into the words you state in your last paragraph: "Be kind to and love one another!"

    • Hi J.  It was an amazing trip. Seeing his childhood home and than visiting the MLK Center for Non Violence was one of my most memorable trips. I love being able to visit places of history. I try hard to live by my motto "Be kind to and love one another". It sure makes the world a much better place to live in. 

  3. I've been to George Washington Carver's home in Missouri and Will Rogers' home in Oklahoma. There is something really special about seeing where people who made such a big difference in our history and culture come from. To see that so many come from humble beginnings just like most of the people in our country.

    I love that home. My dream home looks very similar to Dr. King's. Did it have a window seat upstairs at the end of the hall? Mine has one. (My dream home I mean)

    • Yes, it is amazing that most came from humble beginnings.  Dr. King's house did have a window seat at the end of the upstairs hallway, lol. I hope you get your dream home some day. 

  4. Beautiful house, beautiful and painful memories!!. Thanks

    • Hi Fabulosa, Yes some of the memories are painful. I try to focus on the positive that came of the civil rights movement. Dr. King's death was not in vain.  The house is beautiful.  I really enjoyed the visit.

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures.